This weekend in Chicago, take mom on the ultimate shopping spree of locally and nationally sourced artisanal goods at Renegade Craft during Mother’s Day. Enjoy some of the city’s best food trucks all in one place at the Food Truck Social at Lincoln Park Zoo. Place a bet on charity during Project Style’s Annual Charity Casino Night. Hear the untold story of the American Indian Movement activist who fought for civil rights in the 1970s. These events, plus many more to things to do this weekend in Chicago.
Saturday – Sunday | May 11th – 12th | 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
S. Halsted St. between W. 18th St. & S. Canalport Ave.| Free
Join Renegade Craft for their annual May market. The al fresco Mother’s Day marketplace in Pilsen’s Chicago Arts District places over 180 local and national makers, artisans, designers and more. Shop with mom as you discover fabulous finds for her and yourself. For a list of participating vendors, visit the website here.
Lost & Found- Resale Popup
Sunday | May 12th | 3:-00 – 8:00 p.m.
Emporium Wicker Park | 1366 N Milwaukee Ave. | Free
Find unique items to fit all attitudes and lifestyles at LOST & FOUND- Resale Pop-up in Wicker Park this weekend. The curated resale event caters to those of the underground. From Alternative, Punk, Drag, Goth, Disco, Metal, Queer, and Vintage––thrift and hang out while listening to eclectic tunes while shopping goods at this unique event. For more details, visit the Facebook page here.
Food + Drink:
Food Truck Social Presented by Metro by T-Mobile
Saturday | May 11th | 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo | 2200 N Cannon Dr. | Free
The Lincoln Park Zoo is the gathering spot for all things food this weekend in Chicago. Experience the finest meals (on wheels) Chicago has to offer, while also enjoying the zoo after hours at the annual Food Truck Social at the Lincoln Park Zoo. In addition to dozens of food trucks, there will be fun activities, live music, and drinks available for purchase. This event is perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Tickets are $10 and do not include food with entry. Enjoy the low-cost family-friendly event this weekend. To purchase tickets to the event, visit the website here.
Chicago Sake & Japanese Spirit Fest
Saturday | May 11th | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Katana | 339 N Dearborn St. | $25 – $35
If you need a fun food idea for mom this weekend, try the unique sale and spirits festival at Katana in River North. Taste over 20 varieties of Sake as well as a small variety of Japanese Spirits & Beers. The event will also offer small bites from Katana’s Award Winning Chef’s. General admission to the event includes a 3-hour tasting. For tickets to the event, visit ChicagoSakeFestival.com. Don’t forget to enter the promo code “PARTY” for discounted admission.
2nd Annual Chips in for Charity Casino Night
Thursday | May 9th | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Taste 222 | 339 N Dearborn St. | $70 – $95
Make a bet and raise the stakes for a good cause this Thursday night in Chicago. Project Style’s Chips in for Charity Casino Night is back for its inaugural year. Tickets to the event include an open bar, catering from Taste222, a $1000 in chips to use towards games, and more. 100% of the proceeds go to Project Style’s school programs. Gamble for a good cause by purchasing tickets to the event here.
Arts + Culture:
FRESH INK: Resistance Through Self-Representation w/ Hoda Katebi
Saturday | May 11th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply/826CHI | 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave. | $0-$10
Join Hoda Katebi, a Chicago-based community organizer, spotlighJoin Hoda Katebi, Chicago-based community organizer and author of the radical, internationally-acclaimed platform JooJoo Azad, as she guides participants in an engaging conversation on resistance through self-documentation, both online and offline this weekend in Chicago. The radical voice behind JooJoo Azad will lead an all-ages conversation in collaboration with Fresh Ink and 826CHI. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page here. Check out the Behind the Seams interview with Hoda and learn more about the local creative before heading to the event on Saturday.
Warrior Women Film Screening & Discussion with Madonna Thunder
Friday | May 11th | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
American Indian Center | 3401 W Ainslie St. | Free
Hear the untold story of American Indian Movement activist who fought for civil rights in the 1970s and the children who served as their inspiration and their cohorts at the American Indian Center in Chicago. The film screening of Warrior Women will be followed by a discussion with Madonna Thunder Hawk, a leader in the movement. Learn more about this powerful film by visiting the event page.
What I’m Seeking:
This weekend is definitely going to be a busy one for me. Thursday, I will be kicking off my weekend with the grand opening of Play Kitchen & Cocktails, a new bar and restaurant in the Gold Coast. Friday, is very much up in the air. Saturday, I will be volunteering at the Art Insitute(cool off and come visit me) as well attending the Silver Room Block Party. Sunday, I hope to hit up a festival that I have never been too, and wine down my week with a little self-care. As always, follow me @The Haute Seeker on Instagram to seek what I am seeking in Chicago. Oh, and stay hydrated out there!